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Subject: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/09 at 6:37 am

From BBC News Onlilne

Two "gay" male penguins have hatched a chick and are now rearing it as its adoptive parents, says a German zoo.

The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males - Z and Vielpunkt - were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.

It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.

The zoo made headlines in 2005 over plans to "test" the sexual orientation of penguins with homosexual traits.

Three pairs of male penguins had been seen attempting to mate with each other and trying to hatch offspring from stones.

The zoo flew in four females in a bid to get the endangered birds to reproduce - but quickly abandoned the scheme after causing outrage among gay rights activists, who accused it of interfering in the animals' behaviour.

The six "gay" penguins remain at the zoo, among them Z and Vielpunkt who are now rearing the chick together after being given the rejected egg.

"Z and Vielpunkt, both males, gladly accepted their 'Easter gift' and got straight down to raising it," said a zoo statement.

"Since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do. The two happy fathers spend their days attentively protecting, caring for and feeding their adopted offspring."

Humboldt penguins are normally found in coastal Peru and Chile, but their numbers have been dwindling due to overfishing, reports the AFP news agency.

There have been previous reports of exclusive male-to-male pairings among penguins, some of which have also included the rearing of chicks.

Homosexual behaviour is well documented in many different animals, but it is not understood in detail, says Professor Stuart West, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford.

Professor West says it has been suggested that homosexual activity could serve various purposes - for instance, it may relate to social bonding and establishment of dominance among bonobo chimps, while in some bird species, females may come together to rear young.

Other animals may simply exhibit a "drive to mate", while others may, like humans, enjoy non-procreative sexual activity.

"Homosexuality is nothing unusual among animals," Bremerhaven zoo said on Wednesday.

"Sex and coupling up in our world do not necessarily have anything to do with reproduction."


Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 06/05/09 at 2:16 pm

I wouldn't think that gay penguins would be into "rearing chicks."  :o :o :o

Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/09 at 2:16 pm


I wouldn't think that gay penguins would be into "rearing chicks."  :o :o :o
Should I change the title of the topic?

Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 06/05/09 at 2:17 pm


Should I change the title of the topic?


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/09 at 2:17 pm


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Wiil do I won't

Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Howard on 06/05/09 at 7:17 pm

I have never seen a gay penguin.

Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 06/05/09 at 10:18 pm


From BBC News Onlilne
Two "gay" male penguins have hatched a chick and are now rearing it as its adoptive parents, says a German zoo.
The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males - Z and Vielpunkt - were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.
It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.
The zoo made headlines in 2005 over plans to "test" the sexual orientation of penguins with homosexual traits.
Three pairs of male penguins had been seen attempting to mate with each other and trying to hatch offspring from stones.
The zoo flew in four females in a bid to get the endangered birds to reproduce - but quickly abandoned the scheme after causing outrage among gay rights activists, who accused it of interfering in the animals' behaviour.

The six "gay" penguins remain at the zoo, among them Z and Vielpunkt who are now rearing the chick together after being given the rejected egg.

"Z and Vielpunkt, both males, gladly accepted their 'Easter gift' and got straight down to raising it," said a zoo statement.

"Since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do. The two happy fathers spend their days attentively protecting, caring for and feeding their adopted offspring."

There have been previous reports of exclusive male-to-male pairings among penguins, some of which have also included the rearing of chicks.

talk about interfering with the animals behavior, it's an outrage...well, not an outrage,but it's obviously deliberate of those activists to deny the penguins to follow their natural instincts and allow them the opportunity to engage with females which supports their notion that it's natural even in nature to be gay. I think the male penguins are simply good friends and care for the infant as most any male would under the circumstances. heck, deny them females and the males are gonna try to bone whatever they can, kinda like prison  ::) 
the penguins are just buddies caring for an abandoned egg, chick and that is honorable  http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c235/badfingermike/penguin-cool.jpg
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Subject: Re: 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick

Written By: Badfinger-fan on 06/06/09 at 12:13 am

Thinking about gay penguins and the movie March of the Penguins came to mind and isn't it a natural role of the male to nurture and care for and watch over the young? So why when in captivity is it that they are considered gay when the males always care for the babies?  and isn't the term homosexual a term for humans? There should be a unique term for penguins like aquasexual or something. just a thought  :D

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